My boys LOVE to help me in the kitchen…it is both awesome and exhausting! While I love their enthusiasm and sweet curiosity, there are some meals where it’s just hard to find appropriate tasks for them that aren’t super messy or just plain dangerous! As they get older (they are 5 and 3 now) and become more capable, I know I will be SO grateful for their help! The last thing I want to do is squash their willingness by shooing them out every time I go to make a meal……enter recipes like this one!!
This little recipe is fun, fast and tasty…completely kid-friendly if you have littles that love to help! It almost felt like a craft project! If you use a heart shape, it is also a festive little treat to make as Valentine’s Day approaches! Oh, and did I tell you the best part?!? NUTELLA! Yup…I’d almost eat cardboard if you dipped it in that little jar of goodness!
2 pie crusts, defrosted- You can find these in a box in your freezer section by the biscuits and cinnamon rolls
1 lb of strawberries, washed and thinly sliced or diced- NOTE: We had to cut ours a little smaller than these pics show when we actually went to put the pies together!
You will also need a rolling pin, cookie cutter, fork, brush, knife and baking sheet
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Unroll your pie crusts and cut your shapes, making sets of two. Use a cookie cutter or the top of a cup for a circle.
Combine remaining dough and roll back out with your rolling pin to try to use it all!
Divide shapes, hearts in our case, in half- tops and bottoms.
Add a spoonful of Nutella to all the bottoms and top with strawberries.
Put the tops on. Crimp the edges of the two hearts using a fork to seal the pie…some of our Nutella tried to escape from ours!
Whisk the egg and a splash of water to make an egg wash. Brush each pie with the egg wash and then make an x on top of each pie with a knife.
Place pies on a baking sheet and sprinkle with a light dusting of sugar. Bake 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Allow to cool and enjoy!
Having my boys help me in the kitchen is not always easy, but it’s always worth it! Making memories with these two is my favorite thing….but Nutella might be a close second! I kid, but the ownership they take in knowing THEY made these just warms my….you guessed it….
And if you want more easy, kid-friendly recipes…
I show a method for making mini pies in minutes here.
And another Nutella recipe your kids can help make here.